Sawing a woman in half is a generic name for a number of stage magic tricks in which a person traditionally a female assistant is apparently sawn or divided into two or more pieces. There remains a debate about the origin of sawing illusions, with some sources saying a magician named Torrini may have performed the first version in front of Pope Pius VII in In his Memoirs , written in , Robert-Houdin described a sawing illusion performed by a magician named Torrini. Modern magic inventor and historian Jim Steinmeyer has concluded that there was probably no real Torrini and the story was merely a way for Robert-Houdin to play with ideas. It is generally accepted that the first public performance of a sawing illusion was achieved by British magician P.
8 Magicians Who Died During a Performance
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Indian police said Tuesday they were investigating whether a stunt artist deliberately drowned himself while performing a Houdini-inspired escape act in a Kolkata river. The body of the so-called 'Jadugar Mandrake' Wizard Mandrake was only recovered on Monday, still shackled, from the Hooghly river, a tributary of the Ganges river. Kolkata police said they had started an 'abetment to suicide' investigation against Lahiri's company. It's a mystery to us. River traffic police were absent when he began his act an hour earlier than he had told authorities, Raza added.
Houdini-esque trick goes devastatingly wrong with magician feared to have drowned in India
Magicians who died performing span generations, and come from many countries and culture, giving a reminder of the public fascination with the medium. Robinson performed his trick using a gun with two barrels - one took the real bullet he showed the audience fo effect, the other held a blank. On March 23, , during a routine performance, Robinson shot himself for real, and by accident, because he was lazy. The thing with guns is, you have to clean them if you want them to work properly.
A fire broke out in the theater and ultimately killed several people, including the magician. His body was recovered and prepared for burial alongside his beloved dog, until workmen clearing through the rubble of the fire found him. The second body was really Lafayette, while the first was that of one of his many doubles used during the show. A pit bull that lived up to her name, Beauty wore gold and diamond collars and was treated to five meals a day.